Thanks to COVID-19 and the disruption the virus caused, Dior’s Color Games Summer 2020 Collection didn’t get to me until just a few weeks ago, but I wanted to share the pieces just the same — mainly because I refuse to let the season go (even though it’s now Fall). Inspired by “the playgrounds of summer“, this collection is meant to highlight Dior’s fun & athletic side … but I say it’s good enough for all kinds of activities, even the non-sporting variety.
287 Dive 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette (CAN $72.00) | The cooler leaning palette of the two released with this collection (the other is 897 Sprint, not shown), it comes housed in the brand’s iconic navy blue lacquered casing. The five vibrantly coloured shades are embossed with raised intertwined letters of DIOR and created to be worn a multitude of ways: the top 2 shades + the middle combined make for slightly muted and/or casual look, while the bottom two shades + the middle combined work great for more drama and/or evening. All have a slight sheen to them but no glitter, and while vivid, I was surprised at how easy it is to tone them down for a more diffused effect. Pigmentation is excellent with all shades, and staying power over primer is bang-on throughout wear.
- sky blue (top left)
- peachy nude (top right)
- cerulean (centre — note that it swatches lighter than it appears)
- magenta (bottom left)
- deep plum with pink shift (bottom right)
Diorshow Colour & Contour Duos (CAN $38.00/each) | These are dual-ended pencils with a thicker “eyeshadow” portion on one end, and a “liner” portion on the other. The texture on all 4 shades applied is buttery smooth and can be blended out — just make sure to work one eye at a time because once these set, they’re almost budge-proof.
In 2017 Dior released a similar shadow pencil, the Diorshow Cooling Stick (linked here) which totally reminded me of CHANEL’s previously released Stylo Eyeshadow Fresh Effect (but that’s a whole other story) and I was curious to see how close this new version came. Bottom line: these are actually quite similar minus the cooling effect felt on the skin as per the previous versions.
431 Peach Volley Rouge Blush (CAN $54.00) | I’ve yet to meet a peach/coral blush that I didn’t love and this shade is no exception. One of two released with the collection (the other is 485 Pink Pong, not shown), it bears the same raised lettering pattern on the surface, and is an absolutely lovely soft coral hue. Beautifully pigmented as well, it’s easy to layer up for more intensity or blended out for a softer effect. The slight shimmer it has helps to provide depth and dimension, to add a nice and natural-looking glow to the skin.
002 Warm Flame Diorskin Mineral Nude Bronze (CAN $60.00) | The deeper of the two bronzers released with this collection (the other is 001 Light Flame, not shown), it also bears the same exquisite pattern on the surface. The bulk of the product is a soft camel tan shade, with a deeper brown hue in the middle, and the two are meant to be swirled together for the best effect. That said, you can probably still go in with either one or the other, but you’ll need a smaller brush for the job. The visible subtle shimmer in the powder helps to add dimension and a lovely glow, and it blends out like a dream. Staying power is great also, especially when applied over primer/foundation.
I mean, just LOOK at it!!!
Dior Addict Lip Tattoo (CAN $39.00/each) | An interesting addition to this collection, these are liquid gels that are meant to provide colour along with a long-lasting tint to the lips. The doe-foot flocked application makes application easy and helps to reach all lip contours, plus there’s a light cooling sensation felt upon initial application. The outside of each tube conveniently indicates the colour found on the inside, but bear in mind that they both apply significantly lighter. There’s a light initial shine which does fade with wear, but leaves behind a subtle tint with Natural Almond, and a much deeper one with Natural Cranberry. And now I’m craving a snack, lol.
- 621 Natural Almond – soft nude
- 571 Natural Cranberry – pale berry
Dior Vernis (CAN $33.00/each) | Dior nail polishes have ranked as some of my faves for years now, and I stand by my words with this collection as well. To begin with, I can’t stop thinking (loudly) “READY … SET … GO!!!!!” In truth, all three are stellar; self-levelling upon application, with a wonderful density, and all coming to a naturally brilliant finish. They also have that magic Dior shimmer — not always visible indoors, but seen under certain lighting really brings it to life.
All swatches below were done with 2 coats of polish, no base or top coats.
- 120 Ready – buttercup yellow
- 208 Set – soft aqua
- 230 Go – Creamsicle orange
So while summer may officially be over (I’m not crying, you’re crying), you can still hold on to the vibe with this collection. And while I rarely wear makeup while playing tennis and/or skiing — unless I’m testing out specific claims of a product — I appreciate the fun and carefree aesthetic of these pieces. So if anything here has caught your eye, there’s still time to snag them … but just barely. As I write this, know that I’ve already posted the Diorshow Fall 2020 Collection. The beauty world can be crazy like that sometimes.
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